Optics

Caltech group demonstrates efficient 3D solar array

By / February 18, 2010

The idea of using fibers, wires or some other protruding structures to provide a three-dimensional surface for enhancing the energy-capturing capabilities of photovoltaic units seems to be catching on. The most recent announcement comes from the California Institute of Technology where a team of researchers has successfully used tiny silicon wires contained in a flexible…

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Penn group shows plasmons converting light to current

By / February 18, 2010

Last fall we wrote about Penn’s Nano/Bio Center getting a $11.7 million NSF grant. According to a new release from the university, some of the work is paying off in the form of gold-on-glass nanogrid that can convert light directly into electrical current. A group of material scientists at the center say that when light…

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Next generation lighting gets $37M from DOE

By / January 15, 2010

The DOE signaled today that intends to continue to support

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Marina R. Pascucci 2010–2011

Video of the week – Marina Pascucci on polycrystalline transparent ceramic materials and missile dome production

By / December 16, 2009

Marina Pascucci, president of CeraNova Corp., describes how her company fabricates the domes – the curved or pointed leading surfaces – of missiles. In this context, she explains how polycrystalline ceramic materials can be both transparent and superior in other ways to something like glass or a monocrystalline material, such as sapphire (alumina). Missile domes…

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Georgia Tech group creates 3D photovoltaic system

By / November 3, 2009

What if there was a way to create a material covered with tiny 3D solar collectors instead of the typical 2D flat photovoltaic systems (and in this context flexible PV sheets still count as two-dimensional)? And, what if you could “feed” these collectors with sunlight via optical fibers? Then you might be able to tuck…

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Materials Industry headlines

By / October 4, 2009

Ipsen Ceramics is totally focused on customer service Over 50 years has made Ipsen Ceramics an expert in the field of high temperature refractories and production of kiln furniture. Ipsen Ceramics has become a leader in the toll firing business where we process a wide variety of materials. Ipsen Ceramics gives you the flexibility to…

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